WINDHOEK, (Xinhua) --
Namibia said they will in future take legal insurance
for their athletes to avoid the situation that saw a
boxer arrested on sexual charges during the Olympics
games in Rio, Brazil.
Jonas was arrested on charges of sexual assault in the
Olympics village and spent some days in police custody
before he was released into the custody of the
Namibian embassy where he is still holed up until his
next court appearance.
the media Thursday for the first since the team
returned, the Namibia National Olympics Committee
president Abner Xoagub said legal insurance will help
the athletes to avoid situations similar to Jonas’.
Namibia sent 10 athletes to Rio, none of them managed
a medal because, according to the chef de mission of
the team, Jesse Schickerling time was wasted on
solving issues involving athletes.
result, Schickerling said, the athletes were not well
prepared in terms of time and they did not have enough
Schickerling said they lodged four appeals to have the
case of boxer Jonas released, while no training was
to Schickerling, it takes eight years to prepare an
athlete who could win a medal at the Olympics.
Schickerling said Namibian track and field athletes
did not participate in enough qualifying events,
something that limited their chances of qualifying
early, or qualifying at all.
athletes were only identified mid-2015, which was way
too late to help them prepare fully for the games,”
said they would need funding of between 1 million to
1,5 million U.S dollars per year.
Unfortunately, Schickerling said the Namibia National
Olympic Committee only gave 100,000 Namibian dollars
(about 7,000 U.S dollars) per athlete.